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SAINT PETERSBURG: Saudi Arabia participated at the Third Euro-Asian Forum for Women’s in Saint Petersburg to highlight critical economic roles. Saudi women played vital roles in entrepreneurship, leadership positions and participation in decision-making in the public and private sectors, and more.

Organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly (the Senate) of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States. A delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council, headed by assistant-speaker Dr. Hanan bint Abdulrahim Al-Ahmadi, highlighted the Kingdom’s role in empowering women and their essential role in society and their contribution in different fields.

The Forum, inaugurated in 2015, is the largest international platform uniting female leaders from all continents to discuss women’s role in the modern world and work out new approaches to solving global problems.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, attended the second day of the Forum. In his speech, he stressed that the Forum brings together women who are political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists in the public sector from more than 100 countries worldwide, which is unbelievable in light of the current circumstances in the world today.

Putin underlined that due to women’s great awareness of the value of life and their compassion, they have always had a special mission in the field of healthcare. He stressed his confidence that this will continue in the future and that women will have a role in developing the healthcare sector, medicine, and protecting public health, considering the lessons learned from the pandemic.

He also showed his gratitude to the world’s doctors and healthcare workers for everything they do to fight COVID-19 in the whole world.

In her speech at the open session titled “The Group of Women in the Work of the G-20 Summit (W20), and the Role of Women in Restoring Stability,” Dr. Al-Ahmadi praised Saudi Arabia’s role in hosting the G20 meetings and G20 summit meetings, including the women’s Group (W20) during a difficult time due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She noted that empowering women is a journey that has no end and that all countries are working hard to reach and achieve their goals in women’s empowerment.

Dr. Al-Ahmadi noted that there is a great legislative movement in the Kingdom regarding women’s rights. It includes the issuance of a law related to fighting harassment, laws supporting women who provide for their families, and decisions that give them the ability to travel, such as the right to drive, in addition to many supportive and possible choices for women. She added that this was only possible with the great support of the Saudi leadership, emphasizing the critical legislative role of the Shoura Council in this great movement through its legislative, supervisory, and parliamentary functions.